National security (31 - 40 of 46 items)
Space Project Testing: Uniform Policies and Added Controls Would Strengthen Testing Activities
NSIAD-91-248: Published: Sep 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) testing activities, focusing on: (1) the adequacy of the NASA testing policies and practices; (2) NASA oversight of contractor testing; and (3) the adequacy of resources available for testing.GAO found that: (1) although space systems testing varies from project to project, many of the rece...
Space Station: NASA's Search for Design, Cost, and Schedule Stability Continues
NSIAD-91-125: Published: Mar 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Space Station Program, focusing on the: (1) annual design, estimated cost, and schedule changes since 1985; (2) annual budget requests and resulting funding for fiscal year (FY) 1985 through FY 1991; and (3) NASA 1989 program review's impact on the space station's cost and capabilities.GAO...
Issues and Anticipated Results
D06981: Dec 3, 1990
The National Security and International Affairs Division (NSIAD) is called upon to review national and international programs for protecting the population and advancing the political, economic, and military interests of the United States. NSIAD's audit jurisdiction includes the Departments of Defense and State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the defense and international a...
Space Projects: Improvements Needed in Selecting Future Projects for Private Financing
NSIAD-90-147: Published: Sep 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1990.
GAO assessed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to find acceptable private financing sources for seven space projects.GAO found that: (1) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NASA selected and removed six of the seven projects selected from the NASA budget request before adequately evaluating their suitability for commercialization; (2) commercial aerospace...
Space Program Safety: Funding for NASA's Safety Organizations Should Be Centralized
NSIAD-90-187: Published: Aug 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1990.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) safety-related programs to determine whether NASA complied with recommendations that it establish an independent organization with direct authority for safety programs.GAO found that: (1) NASA established the Office of Safety, Reliability, Maintainability and Quality Assurance (SRM&QA), under which field center safety organiza...
Space Transportation: NASA Has No Firm Need for Increasingly Costly Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle
NSIAD-90-192: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) program, focusing on: (1) the need to continue the OMV program in light of reductions in OMV capabilities; and (2) the reasons for changes in OMV program costs and schedules.GAO found that: (1) the OMV conceptual design has evolved over a number of years; (...
NASA Project Status Reports: Congressional Requirements Can Be Met, but Reliability Must Be Ensured
NSIAD-90-40: Published: Jan 23, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) ability to produce status reports that provide sufficient and reliable cost, schedule, and performance information on major NASA projects.GAO found that NASA and its four principal oversight congressional committees jointly established and agreed to new criteria for NASA project status repo...
Investment in Foreign Aerospace Vehicle Research and Technological Development Efforts
T-NSIAD-89-43: Published: Aug 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1989.
GAO discussed foreign countries' aerospace goals and objectives, current aerospace vehicle programs, technological challenges, testing, and prospects for international cooperation. GAO found that: (1) foreign countries developed technologies for various concepts of operational aerospace vehicles to secure independent access to space, reduce launching costs, and ensure a competitive role in future...
Strategic Defense Initiative Program: Zenith Star Space-Based Chemical Laser Experiment
NSIAD-89-118: Published: Apr 14, 1989. Publicly Released: May 15, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) Space-Based Chemical Laser (SBCL) Research Program, specifically: (1) SDIO progress and changes in SBCL research; (2) whether changes in SBCL research priorities were detrimental to other laser research; and (3) Department of Defense (DOD) and SDIO actions to determine SB...
GAO's Views on SDIO's Phase I Cost Estimate
T-NSIAD-89-18: Published: Mar 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1989.
GAO discussed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) revised cost estimate for phase I of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). GAO found that SDIO revised its estimate of $145.7 billion to $69.1 billion in October 1988 because it: (1) significantly reduced the quantities of sensors and weapons needed for SDI phase I; (2) reduced by 51 percent the number of space-based intercepto...